Summer Devotional and Sermon Series
Week 3/Heroes: Cain & Abel
The fifth and final trait for this week’s theme of walking faithfully with God like Enoch is live for others. Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is like the first (see yesterday) and he quotes Leviticus 19:18 which says, “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”
This is a tough one. It’s easy to love someone who loves us. But Jesus says we need to love everyone. Love your enemies. That’s hard and that’s what sets the people who walk with God apart. No revenge. No grudges. Only forgiveness and grace allowed. He says in Matthew 5 that if we really walk with him, we love everyone and we are at peace with the world.
A few years ago, I was having lunch with my sister and she shared how in her devotion time she read 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says, “we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” She stopped and pondered that and imagined how that would work. So she imagined taking a thought out of her head and putting it in a box where she could examine it. (This was before Harry Potter.) The thought was on a President (could be any one of them!) and the thought was, “I hate this man.” While she examined the thought, she heard God say, “I love this man. I died for this man.” At that moment, she began praying for him instead of against him. She wasn’t too fond of the experience though and she quickly tried to put the box away, but God stopped her said, “Not yet. What about your sister?” (Disclaimer: I’ve never met this sister. These two sisters were from my Dad’s first marriage.) These two sisters had been estranged for a while. The sister I was with had been hurt by the other and didn’t want to reach out anymore. As she examined the thought again, she put aside the grudge and was going to obedient. She was going to extend grace and forgiveness. For the sake of her sister and their relationship, she was going to love her.
When you walk faithfully with God, you become more like him. Jesus put aside all the right reasons he had to squash everyone and instead loved everyone to the point of dying for everyone regardless of whether they love him back.